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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Top 10 one-hit wonders of all time

There are many bands and singers who travel a diverse route than the usual and do become noticed but they are not able to recreate the magic of their triumph for a second time.This is a list comprising of Top One-hit wonders of all time including bands and singles from artist across the world.

10.Who Let the Dogs Out? - Baha Men

Chelsea F.C. fans sing "Who let the Drog out? Who? Who?", in reference to Didier Drogba. The song was also modified by Celtic F.C. supporters to "Who let the huns out? Who? Who?", aimed squarely at supporters of their arch rival, Rangers F.C..

Band - Baha Men
Album - Who Let the Dogs Out and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie soundtrack
Released - July 25, 2000
Genre - Soca, junkanoo, Miami bass
Length - 3:18
Label - Edel Records, Artemis Records, S-Curve Records,Maverick Records and Nick Records
Writer(s) - Anslem Douglas
Certification - Platinum certification from British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
Charts(country-position) -
Australia - 1
United Kingdom - 2
New Zealand - 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 - 40

9.Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs

Ruby was prominently featured in the first episode of the ITV fantasy drama Demons.The song is featured as a bonus track in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, is featured in Project Gotham Racing 4, in SingStar vol. 2 for the PlayStation 3 and as a song in Lego Rock Band. It also appears in PES 2010.

Band - Kaiser Chiefs
Album - Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Released - February 5, 2007
Genre-Indie rock, alternative rock
Length - 3:23
Label - Universal Motown/B-Unique
Writer(s) - Ricky Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson

Certification 2× Platinum certification from UK
                Gold certification from Australia

Chart (country-position) -
United Kingdom - 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) - 1
Czech Republic - 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock - 14

8.Barbie Girl - Aqua

The lyrics of the song are about Barbie and Ken, the dolls made by Mattel.  The lyrics drew the ire of Barbie's corporate owners, and a lawsuit was filed by MattelA footnote on the back of the Aquarium CD case precisely stated that "The song 'Barbie Girl' is a social comment and was not created or approved by the makers of the doll."

Band - Aqua
Album - Aquarium
Released - 14 May 1997
Genre - Bubblegum dance
Length - 3:15
Label - Universal Music Denmark, MCA (US)
Writer(s) - Claus Norreen, Søren Nystrøm Rasted
Certification - 3× Platinum certification from Sweden and Australia
                2× Platinum certification from UK
                Diamond certification from France

Charts(country-position) -
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) - 1
United Kingdom - 1
Australia - 1
Norway (VG-lista) - 1
Spain (AFYVE) - 1
U.S. - 7

7.Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

The video clip alludes to the film Loser, with Jason Biggs playing a nerdy character similar to that in the movie and Mena Suvari as the love interest who unexpectedly invites the protagonist to an Iron Maiden concert.

Band - Wheatus
Album - Wheatus
Released - July 17, 2000
Genre - Pop punk and Powerpop
Length - 4:07
Labe l- Columbia
Writer(s) - Brendan B. Brown
Certification - Gold  certification from Canada
Chart (country-position) -
Australia – 1 (4 weeks)
United Kingdom and Germany - 2

6.The Final Countdown - Europe

The song is in the key of F-sharp minor while the guitar solo is in B minor.The song enjoys notable popularity in many sports arenas and b; public address booths have often played the opening keyboard riff to rally the home crowd; it has also become a staple of high school and college pep bands for this same purpose

Band -  Europe
Album -  The Final Countdown
Released - 14 February 1986
Genre - Glam metal
Length - 5:09 (Album Version) and 4:03 (Radio Edit)
Label - Epic
Writer(s) - Joey Tempest
Certification Gold  certification  from UK
Chart (country-position) -
United Kingdom-1
U.S – 8
It was No. 1 in 25 countries

5.Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas

This song won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Selling Single and popularized disco music. Its used in many movies and still is evident in popular cultures like The Simpsons, The Spirit of '76, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,Shaolin Soccer, Little Manhattan, Epic Movie, City of God, Daddy Day Care, Beverly Hills Ninja, Sin noticias de Dios, Scrubs, Bowfinger, Kung Fu Panda,
Rush Hour 3, The Middle, Kung Fu Panda 2, Father Ted and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

Singer - Carl Douglas
Album - Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs
Released - 1974
Genre - Disco, funk
Length - 3:15
Label - Pye Records (UK and Canada) and 20th Century Fox Records (US)
Writer(s) - Carl Douglas (lyrics)
Certification Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Chart (country-position) -
United Kingdom-1
U.S. -1

4."99 Luftballons" / "99 Air Balloons" - Nena

The track was used in soundtracks for the movies Grosse Pointe Blank, My Best Friend's Girl, Not Another Teen Movie, Watchmen and Eurotrip, and appeared in the video games Gran Turismo 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Donkey Konga.

Band -  Nena
Album -  Nena and 99 Luftballons
Released - 1983 (West Germany) and 1984 (United Kingdom)
Genre - Neue Deutsche Welle, New Wave
Length - 3:53
Label - CBS Schallplatten
Writer(s) - Carlo Karges (German lyrics) and Kevin McAlea (English lyrics)
Certification Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA)
Charts(country-position) -
English version-
Australia - 1
United Kingdom - 1
Canada - 1
German version-
Germany - 1
US Billboard Hot 100 - 2

3.Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

 It was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust". The song was to be the theme song for the movie Rocky III.  It is memorable for its guitar riff andanthemic chorus.

Band - Survivor
Album -  Rocky III Original Soundtrack and Eye of the Tiger
Released - May 29, 1982
Genre - Arena rock, hard rock
Length - 4:06, 3:45 (Single)
Label - EMI, Scotti Brothers
Writer(s) - Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik
Certification  Platinum certification from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Chart (country-position) -
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - 1
United Kingdom - 1
Australia - 1
Canada - 1
Norway - 1
Ireland - 1

2.Macarena -  Los del Río

Vice President Al Gore having a reputation for stiffness, made a joke about doing the Macarena dance during his speech. He asked, "Would you like to see my Macarena dance?"; he remained motionless for a few seconds, then asked, "Would you like to see it again?"

Band - Los del Río
Album - A mí me gusta and Fiesta Macarena
Released - August 15, 1995 (U.S.)
Genre - Dance-pop, flamenco
Length - 3:51 (Bayside Boys Mix)
Label - RCA
Writer(s) - Rafael Ruiz Perdigones and Antonio Romero Monge
Certification - Platinum certification from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Charts(country-position) -
US Billboard Hot 100 - 1
Australia - 1
United Kingdom - 2

1.YMCA - Village People

YMCA is also the name of a group dance with cheerleader Y-M-C-A choreography invented to fit the song. One of the phases involves moving arms to form the letters Y-M-C-A as they are sung in the chorus:
Y — arms outstretched and raised upwards
M — made by bending the elbows from the 'Y' pose so the fingertips meet over the chest
C — arms extended to the left
A — hands held together above head

Band - Village People
Album - Cruisin'
Released - November 13, 1978
Genre - Disco
Length - 4:48 (album version) and 3:46 (single version)
Label - Casablanca Records
Writer(s) - Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali, Victor Willis
Certification Platinum certification from United Kingdom (BPI) and United States (RIAA)
                Gold certification from France (SNEP) and Germany (BVMI)
Charts(country-position) -
United Kingdom - 1
Australia - 1
German - 1
Italy - 1
U.S.  - 2


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